The Texas native is the youngest born of five children. He received his formal education in the Houston Independent School District graduated from Sterling High School in 1979 Reverend Rowden retired from the United States Military (Army), with his last assignment being at the United States Military Headquarters, Pentagon Washington DC he served honorably for twenty-three years. Reverend Rowden received a Doctorate of Theology from North Carolina Theological Seminary and is the Site President for NCTS@Cumberland
· Dr. Rowden is a global preacher who has preached the gospel abroad in Bahrain (Middle East), Bosnia (Europe), Hawaii, and Korea, West and South Africa and India. He has been privileged to preach the gospel in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
· He currently serves as the Community Liaison for Cumberland County Schools. Responsible for getting Business & Faith Base Partners for the Cumberland County Schools
· Pastor Rowden led the clergy efforts in forming “Clergy to Stop the Violence” in Fayetteville/Cumberland County and led Fayetteville’s first ever Gun Buy Back that led to over 230 weapons being taken off the streets of Fayetteville.
· Dr. Rowden served on the Subcommittee for Military and Veterans Concerns with the Council on State Government. Dr. Rowden served on the board of directors for the Cape Fear Regional Bureau for Community Actions. Serving the community in HIV and AIDS testing, providing services for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cedar Creek learning center that served community children each summer with educational learning and development. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cape Fear Hospital Clergy Pastoral Education program (CPE) teaching over 30 Pastors and clergy in the region.
· Dr. Rowden as a community activist fought to get public transportation to citizens in Cedar Creek. He served on the Economic Development committee fighting for better jobs for the disenfranchise. He was very instrumental in trying to get Sanderson Farms Chicken plant to Fayetteville. He lead a protest at city hall to prevent the city going up on public transportation for citizens and especially the elderly. He was very active during the driving while black was on the rise in Fayetteville speaking for justice at City Hall. His ministry (MRM International) feeds the community twice a month through a Food Pantry. They give away hygiene items, household products, baby diapers, pillows, sheets blankets and much more weekly. They have a full free breakfast every Saturday at MRM International. He give out free snacks to the children in the community once a week. He provide school supplies to children who are less fortunate. The ministry gives scholarships to help youth who enroll in college. He has started a computer lab in Liberia West Africa. He has replaced roofs on several churches in Africa. He has provide over 40 bicycles for Traveling Evangelist in Africa. He supports the feeding of and giving of hygiene items the blind, widows and elderly every quarter for Grace Baptist Church in Africa. He supports an Orphan in India. He has provided a scholarship for a medical student in Ghana.
· Dr. Rowden serves as the Chaplain for the Cumberland County Sheriff office. Providing spiritual support to over 350 sworn deputies, detention officers and civilians.
· Pastor Rowden is the recipient of the Religious Leader of the Year Award, presented by the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Human Relations Commission.
· Dr. Rowden serves as the Regional Representative for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Foreign Missions Board for North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Virginia.
· Pastor Rowden has been servant leader of Savannah Missionary Baptist Church of Fayetteville, NC for the past 18 years and the Founder/President of Mark Rowden Ministry International, Inc. (MRM). He is married to the former Ms. Beverly Knox also of Houston, Texas.